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Temple News & Updates | Week of 1 September 2019

Thanks to members of the church worldwide and ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org for providing these updates. Please Note: It is possible that progress has been made on temples not included in this article that we have not been made aware of.  If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at) ldsdaily.com.

Raleigh North Carolina Temple Announces 5K Run To Celebrate Reopening

Photo Courtesy of Michael Provard

The Raleigh North Carolina Temple will soon be reopening, and to celebrate the occasion a Labor Day 5K Run has been organized for the local community. Individuals of all athletic ability are invited to attend and join the run, which will be held on September 2nd at 8 AM. The race will begin at Olive Chapel Elementary School at 1751 Olive Chapel Road and will end at the temple and stake center complex located at 574 Bryan Drive in Apex.

Renovations Continue on the Tokyo Japan Temple

Photo Courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Structural framing is nearing completion on the new entrance of the now nearly 40-year-old temple in Japan. Additionally, a new annex building has risen over the location of the previous annex. Members of Japan greatly anticipate the renovations of this beloved temple. The Tokyo Temple, which opened on September 15th of 1980, was the first temple built in Japan and served as the temple used by a variety of surrounding countries in Asia.

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Nears Completion of Renovations

Photo Courtesy of Baton Rouge Temple Facebook page

The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is only two months away from the completion of its renovations. Once the renovations have been completed, the public will be welcome to come and tour the temple once more and view the beautiful renovations of this temple. The open house will begin on October 26th and proceed through November 2nd, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside over the re-dedication on November 17th.

First Artistic Renderings of Richmond Virginia Temple Released

Richmond Virginia Temple
Photo Courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

This past Wednesday at an open house event in Richmond, Church officials released renderings of the Richmond Virginia Temple. The temple, which was announced in April of 2018 by President Russell M. Nelson, will be the first temple in Virginia and will draw heavily from historical American architecture. Mike Waters, the Church’s local direction of public affairs in the Richmond area said that “it’s also historically significant to have this temple located only a few miles from where the Virginia General Assembly in 1786 enacted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.” Read our full article on these artistic renderings and more here.

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Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.
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